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Check out this week's roundup of happenings around Colton from the Pioneer's correspondent, Cindy Fama

PIONEER PHOTO: CINDY FAMA  - Imani Milele Children's Choir performs for Colton Elementary School students.

Imani Milele Children's Choir performs at Colton Elementary School

Imani Milele Children's Choir performed for the Colton Elementary School Students on May 25. The presentation included songs and dance of Uganda. It was not only educational, but interactive as the students were led in a Ugandan style dance.

"It was amazing," fifth grade student, Michael Irving said. "A different style of music from a different country and we got to experience it today."

The Imani Milele Children's Choir includes a group of talented girls and boys who perform all over the world to promote awareness of the needs of orphans in Uganda. The small country, about the size of Oregon, has more than 3 million orphaned and vulnerable children living without basic needs.

Imani Milele, which means "everlasting faith" is a Christian organization dedicated to providing these children with education, healthcare, food, hygiene training, clean drinking water and a safe place to stay.

The choir hosted a community event in the evening where handmade items from Uganda were available for purchase as well as the chance to sponsor a child or donate to Imani Milele, Inc.

Still surveying

Coltontel's assistant manager, Marlene Muhs said they have received 502 survey responses from members of their cooperative telecommunication company. The local cooperative has 820 members which means a majority of those using the services have voiced an opinion, but they are still hoping to hear from all their members. What is at stake is the choice to select to just have a broadband service option. This means it will no longer be necessary to have a landline in order to have internet provided by Coltontel. There will be several packages from which to choose.

"You will still be able to choose to have your phone, cable and internet, Muhs said. "We would like to hear from all our members so we have good numbers to present to our board of directors at the June 12 meeting. We really need to know how many of our current members would like to have just broadband." If you have not turned in your survey another one will be mailed in June's billing. Please take the time to fill it out or better yet call Coltontel, 503-824-3211, and they will take your survey answers over the phone.

CHS Students of the Month

Colton High School has announced their students for the month of May. They are: Alex Ferguson-psychology, Keenan Dinnell-vocal jazz, Nicholas Bryant-vocal jazz/choir, Isaac Pitts-study skills, Megan Imdieke-art III, Magnus Fredericks and Jerrod Rossi-PLATO, Sarah Schreindl-PLATO progress, Reed Schrosk and TJ Tiano, algebra II, Austin Carlisle and Johnie Gonzalez-English IV, Isaac Pitts-doing everything asked of him, Maddie Sims-metal I, Jenna McKedy, Kiely Pitts and Sophie Schmidt-agriculture leadership, Tattum Allen-technical writing, Trinity O'Connor and Marissa Lorenzen-English II, Lindy Lehr-contemporary literature, Natemah Dotson-AP biology, Lily Simmons, Alex Ferguson, Hayden Vest, Monique Hendrickson-office aide, Jaeden Bramblett-world history, Honor Hansen and Terra-Nova Skogan-band, Hunter McCorkle-leadership, Aaron Wimsatt-AP calculus, Katlyn Baker-Spanish IV, TJ Tiano-physical education.

Colton truism - A quote from Rosemary Fama, CHS graduate, now living in Lexington, Kentucky:

"I cannot tell you exactly how proud I am to be from this slice of Oregon, where people respond to horrors with courage and compassion, no hesitation."

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